It is hard to imagine life without a smartphone nowadays. These small yet powerful devices are used for a wide array of everyday activities – from browsing the web and watching movies to taking photos and making videos to playing CPU and GPU intensive games. As technology rapidly grows, it is only natural that we constantly seek for faster phones capable of doing the above-mentioned tasks – and much more – even more efficiently than before.

There is, however, one thing that prevents most of us from always getting the latest and the most incredible gadgets. Their price. But does it mean you can’t get a powerful smartphone for a relatively low price? Xiaomi proves you actually can.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company mostly known for its budget smartphones, but it is also responsible for other products like smartwatches, headphones, and even air filters and electric scooters. It is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, leading both in China and India markets, being globally overtaken by only 3 other companies as of 2019.

Xiaomi wants to show the world that low price does not necessarily mean low quality – its smartphones can easily compete with medium to high tier models offered by other top manufacturers

It is worth noting, though, that Xiaomi is not the only company that tries to make Chinese smartphones look good on the global market. There is also Huawei, Lenovo, and Oppo, just to name a few. Each company answers different customers’ needs, and Xiaomi’s selling point is high quality for low price.

Comparison of the Best Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi Redmi 6A Xiaomi Shark Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Xiaomi Mi 8 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
image Xiaomi Redmi 6A Xiaomi Shark Xiaomi Note 5 Xiaomi Mix 2 Xiaomi A2Lite Xiaomi Pocophone Xiaomi-Mi 8 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
NETWORK
Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Speed HSPA 21.1/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat7 300/150 Mbps HSPA, LTE-A (3CA) HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat18 1200/100 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA, LTE
GPRS ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
EDGE ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
LAUNCH
Announced 2018, June 2018, April 2018, February 2018, March 2018, July 2018, August 2018, May 2018, July
Status Available. Released 2018, June Available. Released 2018, April Available. Released 2018, February Available. Released 2018, April Available. Released 2018, July Available. Released 2018, August Available. Released 2018, June Available. Released 2018, July
BODY
Dimensions 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm (5.81 x 2.81 x 0.33 in) 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm (6.36 x 2.97 x 0.37 in) 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm (6.24 x 2.97 x 0.32 in) 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm (5.94 x 2.95 x 0.32 in) 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm (5.88 x 2.82 x 0.35 in) 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm (6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in) 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (6.10 x 2.94 x 0.30 in) 176.2 x 87.4 x 8 mm (6.94 x 3.44 x 0.31 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz) 190 g (6.70 oz) 180 g (6.35 oz) 191 g (6.74 oz) 178 g (6.28 oz) 182 g (6.42 oz) 175 g (6.17 oz) 221 g (7.80 oz)
Build n/d n/d Front glass, aluminum frame & back, plastic ends Front glass, aluminum frame, ceramic back n/d Front glass, plastic body Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series) Front glass, aluminum body
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio) 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~76.0% screen-to-body ratio) 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~77.4% screen-to-body ratio) 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~81.9% screen-to-body ratio) 5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.5% screen-to-body ratio) 6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio) 6.21 inches, 97.1 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio) 6.9 inches, 122.9 cm2 (~79.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~295 ppi density) 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density) 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~350 ppi density) 1080 x 2248 pixels (~402 ppi density) 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~350 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 n/d n/d n/d n/d To be confirmed Corning Gorilla Glass 5 To be confirmed
PLATFORM
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), planned upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 9.0 Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), 8.1 (Oreo), planned upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10; Android One Android 8.1 (Oreo); MIUI 9.5 Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.1 Android 8.1 (Oreo); MIUI 9.5
Chipset Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm)
CPU Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPU 32 GB, 3 RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM Adreno 630 Adreno 506 Adreno 509 Adreno 630 Adreno 630
MEMORY
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) No microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) No microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) No microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA
Modules 13 MP, f/2.2, PDAF 12 MP, f/1.8, 1.25µm, dual pixel PDAF, 20 MP, f/1.8, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, dual pixel PDAF 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF. 12 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12 μm, depth sensor 12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, 5 MP, depth sensor 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF
12 MP, f/2.4, 56mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps, 720p@240fps 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS) 2160p@30fps, 720p/1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@120fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 720p@960fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps
SELFIE CAMERA
Modules 5 MP, f/2.2 20 MP, f/2.2, 1.0µm, 1080p@30fps 5 MP n/d n/d 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Video n/d 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps n/d n/d 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
FEATURES
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY
Name Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 5500 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 5500 mAh battery
Charging n/d Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0) Fast battery charging 5V/2A 10W Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0) Fast battery charging 5V/2A 10W Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0) Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+) Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0)
MISC
Colors Grey, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold Black, Gray, Royal Blue (128/8GB only) Black, Gold, Blue, Rose Gold Black, White Black, Blue, Gold (Global); Rose Gold, Red (China only) Black, Champagne Gold, Blue Black, Blue, White, Gold Black, Champagne Gold, Blue
image Xiaomi Redmi 6A Xiaomi Shark Xiaomi Note 5 Xiaomi Mix 2 Xiaomi A2Lite Xiaomi Pocophone Xiaomi-Mi 8 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Xiaomi Redmi 6A Xiaomi Shark Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Xiaomi Mi 8 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
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Xiaomi Redmi 6A

GSM
CDMA
HSPA
LTE
Battery Li-Ion 3000 mAh
Modules 5 MP, f/2.2

Xiaomi Redmi 6A is a cheaper version of Redmi 6. In comparison, it has slightly slower, but still very efficient Helio A22 processor consisting of four A-53 Cortex cores.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

The smartphone is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 frames per second and taking detailed pictures, thanks to its 13 MP rear camera. Front 5 MP camera, on the other hand, allows to make video calls, take selfies or unlock the phone using the AI-powered facial recognition system.

Xiaomi Shark

GSM
CDMA
HSPA
LTE
EVDO
Battery Li-Ion 4000 mAh
Modules 20 MP, f/2.2

Xiaomi Shark utilizes powerful Snapdragon 845 which, paired with 8 GB RAM, allows to smoothly run even the most demanding applications and games.

Xiaomi Shark

The liquid cooling system guarantees low temperatures and stable work at all times, and 128 GB of built-in memory takes care of all your storage needs. Xiaomi Shark displays a detailed image full of true colors, thanks to the large 2160×1080 IPS screen. The whole is completed with unusual, gaming case design.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

GSM
HSPA
LTE
Battery Li-Po 4000 mAh
Modules 5 MP

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a mid-tier mainstream smartphone addressed to consumers looking for a powerful device for an affordable price – it is even described by some as the king of value within its price range, and not without a reason

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

As we can see in the specification, Redmi Note 5 packs an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset which paired together with 4 GB RAM guarantees the smooth overall experience. Dual rear camera allows to both take wide-angle photos and zoom further without losing image quality

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

GSM
HSPA
LTE
CDMA
EVDO
Battery Li-Po 3400 mAh
GPU Adreno 630

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S utilizes Snapdragon 845 which combines 4 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency cores

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

This lowers energy consumption when the smartphone is used casually for browsing the web or checking e-mails but can increase its performance drastically when running demanding apps. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S uses 3400 mAh battery which can be quickly charged wirelessly, thanks to the implemented Qi standard. Ceramic bezel-less design adds to the device’s overall luxurious feel.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

GSM
CDMA
HSPA
LTE
Battery Li-Po 4000 mAh
GPU Adreno 506

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite shines in its price range, thanks to the 4000 mAh battery and Android One operating system, as well as dual rear camera and efficient Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz clock frequency.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

This Mi phone might be a good option for consumers looking for an inexpensive smartphone that could serve as a navigation device – Xiaomi Mi A2 utilizes GPS, GLONASS and Beidou satellites to precisely indicate its own position. Smartphone has 64 GB of built-in memory with the possibility to use memory cards.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

GSM
HSPA
LTE
Battery Li-Ion 5500 mAh
GPU Adreno 509

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 offers incredible performance for its price. Snapdragon 845 is rarely seen in this price range, and the same goes for the liquid cooling system.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Smartphone utilizes 3 AI-powered cameras (20 MP front and 15 MP + 5 MP rear) to capture photos and shoot 4K videos. It also has a high-quality 6.18-inch screen with a notch on top of the screen. 4000 mAh battery allows using the Pocophone F1 for an extended period of time before the recharge is required.

Xiaomi Mi 8

GSM
HSPA
LTE
CDMA
Battery Li-Po 3400 mAh
GPU Adreno 630

Xiaomi Mi 8 is a faster version of an 8 Lite which was released a few months later in 2018 – it has better CPU which can run at up to 2.8 GHz, uses a newer version of Quick Charge (4.0), and has its screen protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass.

Xiaomi Mi 8

It also has face unlock as well as convenient rear fingerprint unlock. The smartphone has a large 6.21-inch display with a non-intrusive notch on top of the screen. Everything is packed within simply and elegantly designed solid case.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

GSM
HSPA
LTE
CDMA
EVDO
Battery Li-Po 5500 mAh
GPU Adreno 630

Xiaomi phones list is closed by Xiaomi Mi Max 3. This smartphone stands out thanks to its massive 5500 mAh battery which allows using the phone for a few days straight without recharging – even when using the device extensively

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Mi Max 3 is powered by Snapdragon 636 with eight cores and Adreno 509 GPU which is often more than enough to smoothly run most of the modern applications and games. Its huge 6.9-inch 2160×1080 display is also worth a mention. Similarly to other good smartphones for this price tag, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 offers Dual SIM support, dual rear camera, and fingerprint scanner.

 


Summary


Until recently the phrase „Made in China” was mainly used with reference to cheap, low-quality and often counterfeit goods. Xiaomi is one of the Chinese companies that – thanks to its affordable and high-quality Mi smartphones – may change how we perceive Chinese electronics. Cheaper smartphones can be a viable alternative if we’re tight on budget, but as Xiaomi shows, being cheaper doesn’t have to mean being worse.

In case of this company, it is definitely the opposite, as Xiaomi products are among the best on the market when it comes to quality and user experience. Depending on your needs you can focus on low, mid or high tier and choose the smartphone that stands out in its price range, like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 or Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Either way, it seems that the company has a great smartphone in every price category for any type of customer.